Thursday, May 6, 2010
Reading at the VA
My cousin, Amy Kelley, is a therapist at the VA Hospital here in Amarillo. She asked if I would come and do a reading from my new book of collected short works entitled "On The Road Home" from Port Yonder Press. I was happy to do so.
Had a nice group including a guy that just turned 101 and another who at 96 has several books in print, primarily poetry, that he is understandably proud of. I picked a couple of short stories that had sort of a military theme with my usual surprise endings, and a couple of western oriented ones. They seemed to prefer the westerns.
I put a couple of them to sleep, of course, but my cousin says that is to be expected. Reading aloud will put my mom to sleep immediately too.
I enjoyed watching Amy work. She is so VERY good with these old guys (even older than me)and they obviously think the world of her. She has such patience, such a loving tone, yet is firm enough that they will do as she asks. She's a natural.
It was a nice outing, and I enjoyed doing it.